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When policymakers discuss education funding and reform, typically they are referring to issues within minority, inner city communities. A new study revealed that urban students aren’t the only individuals falling behind and dropping out of school—so are rural students.

According to the report, “Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers: What Federal Policymakers Need to Know,” one out of every four rural students fails to graduate from high school, a problem that owes largely to a lack of attention to the needs of rural schools. From changing Title I formulas to providing cutting-edge technology, it’s time to provide more support to those who need it most, the report says. In addition, the report showed that minority, low-income students, English language learners, migrant students, and children with special needs are at even greater risk for dropping out of rural high schools.

“Much of the recent debate over high school reform at the federal level has not involved rural schools,” Bob Wise, AEE president and former governor of West Virginia, told eSchool News. “Every student in America deserves the chance to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, careers, and life.” Read the entire article.

(Source: eSchool News)

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